Suspending a pupil: procedures and guidance
Be clear on the procedures for suspending a pupil, when you can lawfully do so, and who you must inform.
- What is a suspension?
- Informal or 'unofficial' suspensions are unlawful
- What the headteacher must consider before suspending a pupil
- Pupils who require special consideration
- How to report and record suspensions
- Arranging provision for suspended pupils
- Headteachers can cancel suspensions
- Governors have a responsibility to consider suspensions
- Reintegrating a pupil after suspension
This article is based on the following guidance from the DfE:
- School suspensions and exclusions (read our summary to find out what's changed from September 2023). This guidance applies to all pupils, including those above and below compulsory school age
- Behaviour in schools
Use the previous guidance for pupils suspended before 1st September 2023 The new guidance only applies to suspensions and exclusions which take place on or after this date. If you have ongoing cases, make sure you follow the policy that was in place when the suspension or exclusion process started. If you don't have an exclusions policy, contact the DfE to get a copy of the archived guidance, or download the 2022 guidance here: Suspensions and exclusions guidance 2022 However, you should still inform parents and carers of their new right to request a remote panel